Everyone wants to be more productive… but the question is how to be more productive? It can be difficult to change your habits and start new routines. Being productive doesn’t have to be difficult; make small changes, and before you know it, your productivity will increase. Let’s get started with these easy ways to become more productive.
Should everyone be more productive? YES. Start your day off right, get things done early, and do the things you want to do. We often feel much more accomplished at the end of a PRODUCTIVE day.
Start slow when making changes in any aspect of your life. Change one thing from the list below this month, and once it becomes a habit, add another. Changing everything at once doesn’t make you more productive, it slows you down. Let’s check out
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1. MAKE YOUR BED
Start your day off on the right foot by making your bed.
I get it when you wake up in the morning; the last thing you want to do is make your bed. I’m personally NOT a morning person, so this one is hard at times.
After I do it, though, I feel so satisfied. I’ve already marked one thing off my checklist so early in the day, what’s next? I feel like I can get anything done when I start the day off right. If you don’t feel this way after making your bed, just look forward to coming home to a nice comfortable bed.
This “make your bed” theory for increasing productivity has been mentioned numerous times throughout history by countless people. Admiral William H. McRaven spoke on this during his University of Texas commencement speech.
“If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day,” ….It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed”.
2. Plan Ahead
Planning ahead is the best way to stay organized, productive, and achieve your goals.
When people are trying to lose weight, what do they do? They meal prep and/or plan their meals. This involves planning ahead for the given week and preparing ahead of time.
It’s much more difficult to eat better when you don’t plan ahead. You didn’t plan your lunch, now what? You’re starving and McDonald’s right there, it’s calling your name.
What the heck, it’s cheap right? NO, it’s not part of your plan or your goal.
HAVE A PLAN AND STICK TO IT!
Here are a few quotes on planning:
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
― Benjamin Franklin
“Always, Always have a plan.”
― Rick Riordan
“A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble at his door.” ― Confucius, Chinese philosopher
3. Take care of YOU
When you’re taking care of everyone with the exception of yourself, it starts to wear on you.
It’s essential to take time for yourself. You should feel healthy mentally and physically, this alone will increase your productivity. If you feel tired and worn down, you’re not gonna want to get much done.
Think- Mind, Body, and Soul.
SELF CARE TIPS/IDEAS:
- Get enough sleep.
- Stick to a healthy diet.
- Surround yourself with positive people.
4. Write things down
This goes back to planning ahead.
This was the main reason I got into bullet journaling. I could use it as a tool for planning my whole life.
I’ve bought tons of planners over the years, and I get to about mid-February and forget I even have a planner. Why? The setup.
It’s so vague and designed to plan out appointments and upcoming events. I need to plan EVERYTHING. School, my kid’s lives, my husband’s appointments, budgets, groceries, diets, habits, goals, and MUCH MORE.
You can set up a bullet journal to accompany your needs, without having to settle for what a planner offers. Now, you may be thinking you’re not an artist, and you can’t do it. YES, YOU CAN. If I can do it, SO CAN YOU.
You don’t have to create elaborate spreads with calligraphy and watercolors in your bullet journal. The only thing you have to do is make it functional for you.
If you want to get started on your own bullet journal, check out Bullet Journaling 101- Getting Started HERE. Or click the image below!
5. Keep your Workspace Clean
Having a cluttered desk, kitchen, bedroom, or any room for that matter will only distract you from your goals.
Being surrounded by clutter is not only distracting, but it also wastes time. Looking for things you can’t find due to clutter is time wasted.
You could have already gotten something marked off your checklist, but you were too busy looking for something… because of YOUR clutter.
Clean it. Simple as that. You don’t need that paper from last month on your desk. If it were that important, you would have already done something with it by now.
File it, or throw it away.
6. Get rid of crap you don’t need – everywhere.
Just like that paper you threw away or filed if you don’t need it, get rid of it.
I’m pretty sure you have clothes in your closet that you don’t wear or books you’ll never read again. Why do you still have this stuff? Save time in the morning by removing clothes you don’t wear; this way you know everything in your closet is something you wear
Need help with tidying up? I recommend taking a look at Marie Kondo. She IS the tidying expert! She’s loved organizing since she was a child and turned this into a business at the age of 19!
The KonMari Method™ encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go.
A few Marie Kondo resources include:
NETFLIX- “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo”
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo: The Book Collection: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy (AVAILABLE OCTOBER 15, 2019)
Here’s a few more productivity tips to be a more productive person:
- Stop multi tasking – focus on one task at a time.
- Start writing – write down your tasks and check them off as you complete them.
- Good habits – be aware of the habits you create, are they holding you back or making you better?
- Productive Day – to have a productive day you should focus on “peak productivity” what part of the day are you most productive? This is the best time to start working on important tasks that require undivided attention.
- Manage your time – are you getting the most out of your day? Or, are you wasting 20 minutes each hour on social media? Maybe you take more than 15 minutes to check your email? Be aware of your time, set or have at least one important daily goal or daily task.
Increase your productivity even more by starting a bullet journal. Learn how to start yours with the step by step guide to starting a bullet journal.